Let President Mutharika act on MHRC Msunde report —HRCC

The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has rallied behind calls for President Peter Mutharika to order acting Inspector General of Police Duncan Mwapasa to institute criminal investigations into the rape incidents allegedly committed by police officers deployed at Msundwe,  Mpingu and M’bwatalika in Lilongwe.

Mkwezalamba: There is need for action now that it has been established Police raped 13 women

HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba comments comes after  Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) report  established that police officers raped 13 women, defiled one girl and sexually assaulted three under-18 girls during their October 8 2019 operation around the area.

The report says the police officers committed the incidents as the women fled violent scenes.

Mkwezalamba said Police IG should also disclosed names of the errant Cops “for bringing the nation into disrepute.”

He said the acts by Cops is not only heinous but barbaric, cruel and inhuman- especially being perpetrated by the law enforcers.

“These findings therefore, should not only be a concern to the citizens but as a matter of priority to the Head of State and cabinet,” said Mkwezalamba.

MHRC report says there were almost 100 police officers deployed in three teams stationed at M’mbwatalika, Msundwe and Mpingu trading centres along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road, with others roving in communities where they allegedly tear-gassed people to displace them.

“In the course of their operations of clearing the road, controlling the crowds and making arrests, some police officers ventured into the villages and nearby locations throwing tear gas into houses, beating [people] and breaking into houses.

“As a result, most people, especially men and the youth, fled their village to their gardens, leaving the villages deserted. Some of the women who were left in the villages as others fled or arrived in the village while others fled met police officers who violently beat them, raped and indecently assaulted them,” reads the report.

The officers were led by superintendents Kantchowa, Chisale and Msukwa and Inspector Chipofya (all presented without their first names in the report.)

Malawi Police Service (MPS)  said they will study the report and take appropriate action in accordance with recommendations made.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said police has so far recorded statements from the alleged 17 victims and case dockets on the complaints have been opened.

“The service also instituted its own inquiry to find out the circumstances leading to the same allegations. The report will come out soon and the nation will be updated accordingly,” said Kadadzera in the statement.

He also assured the nation that police does not condone any form of human rights violations, in particular sexual violence and pledged that the police would deal with any errant officer.

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Shonai
10 months ago

Peter is an intellectual.The one behind all this (Warlord Chakwera) says he doesn’t recognize Peter.At the same time you want him to act.Why not tell the Warlord to act on this.

Mtete
Mtete
10 months ago

Do we really have a leader? It’s so disappointing and disturbing that someone calling himself a leader and shouting to all and sundry that he won the May 21 election can sit phwii while some of the very same people he claims elected him are subjected to horrific acts. Faced with a situation like the Msundwe one, a true leader would have risen above politics and ordered a probe immediately the incident happened. Should we say his pussyfooing is because he codones the brutality?

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
10 months ago

I DOUBT IF HE CAN DO ANYTHING. THIS MAN IS TOOO OLD TO RULE.

Njegame Syaosimo
Njegame Syaosimo
10 months ago

Pitala wake uti! This guy is so dormant and inept so to say. If it were in other countries, the president would have voiced out his concern but for tippex he is extremely quite.

Dondo
Dondo
10 months ago

A leader who could not see that Jane Ansah is nuisance and did nothing. Raping of women does not sound any bad to him. He acts as suicide bomber to the Malawians!

Mutumwa
Mutumwa
10 months ago

Mobilize human rights defenders in all countries in Africa and fight for one Africa with one president, one military, one judiciary, one capital and one currency.
That’s when I will start respecting you, osati ivi vabwekabweka ivi!

Nalingula
Nalingula
10 months ago
Reply to  Mutumwa

How can we Even contemplate on having one Africa when most African Leaders are busy dividing their Countries on Tribal lines just to remain in Power……If Police can Rape Women in the Capital where the President is based …what will happen if the President of your One Africa is based in Cairo or somewhere in Abuja …Ngati mutotibera misonkho yathu President Ali pa Sanjika pompa …Ndiye atakhala ku Mogadishu ndie kusatokhala chipwirikititu….

Solly Nkhoma
Solly Nkhoma
10 months ago
Reply to  Nalingula

Zoonadi

Nematodes
10 months ago

Time. Time alone. Time will tell.

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